Armando J. Calonje M. was born in Granada, Nicaragua. He graduated from the Jesuit high school Colegio Centro America. He left Nicaragua in 1961 to pursue university studies in the United States of America at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. He completed his education at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, where he obtained a B.A. in 1971 and an MBA in 1975. He worked for the Embassy of Nicaragua in Washington from 1966 to 1974 and for the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States from 1974 to 2000. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife Silvia; has three children and three grandchildren.
He is the author of Tales Along the Way, from Granada, Nicaragua to Washington, DC, an honest and detailed autobiography of his life narrating his experiences during his trajectory to Washington, DC after leaving his native country. This work was published in 2012.
Some of the tales included in this book were published in Spanish in the AROAS Bulletin (Association of Retirees of the Organization of American States.)